Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Thousands of women march on London against Trump

LONDON: Wearing pink, pointy-eared ‘pussyhats’ to mock the new president, throngs of women descended on the US capital and other cities around the globe on Saturday for marches and demonstrations aimed at showing Donald Trump they won’t be silent over the next four years. They carried signs with messages such as ‘Women won’t back down’ and ‘Less fear more love’ and decried Trump’s stand on such issues as abortion, diversity and climate change. There were early signs that crowds in Washington could top those that gathered for Trump’s inauguration on Friday. City officials said organisers of the Women’s March on Washington had more than doubled their turnout estimate to 500,000 as crowds began swelling and subways into the city became clogged with participants. US celebrities – including Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson and Amy Schumer – are taking part in the Washington demonstration. It wasn’t just a US phenomenon and it wasn’t just women: More than 600 ‘sister marches’ were planned across the country and around the world, and plenty of men were part of the tableau. Some 2.2 million people are marching globally to promote women’s and human rights with 100,000 out on the streets in Britain. The Women’s March on London event kicked off with several thousand people across all ages and genders descending on Grosvenor Square at 12pm before arriving in Trafalgar Square for a rally at 2pm

They came holding a rainbow of placards with slogans such as ‘dump Trump’, ‘reject hate, reclaim politics’ and ‘no to racism, no to Trump’. Marches are also happening in other UK cities including Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast, Liverpool and Cardiff, with thousands expected to attend. International cities taking part in the march include Sydney, Cape Town, Prague and Copenhagen. Mr Trump’s presidential campaign was plunged into crisis after a 2005 tape recording came to light of him bragging to TV host Billy Bush about groping women and that he can ‘grab them by the p***y’ because of his celebrity status. Holding a sign saying ‘my p****y is not up for grabs’, Kim McInally said she had travelled from Brighton for the demonstration. The 32-year-old said: ‘Yesterday was seen as the official start of fascism coming back.’Iron Man 3 actress Rebecca Hall were spotted among the throngs of people. Hall said she joined the march because she is half American and half English, and said if she had been on the other side of her pond she would have joined the Washington DC demonstration. She added: ‘Yesterday was a confusing day and a sad day – I was sad to see Obama leave … We do not know what the Government is going to be like.’ Labour MP Harriet Harman was joined on the march by friend and American-British playwright Bonnie Greer. Referring to outgoing US president Barack Obama, Ms Harman said: ‘It’s just a shame they have a two-term limit, isn’t it?’

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